Connecting Sensation & Emotion to Guide Play-based Treatment

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Live on Zoom


$ 120.00

Connecting Sensation & Emotion to Guide Play-based Treatment: A Sensory Attuned Play Framework that Enhances Sensory Motor Development Through Emotional Expression

Michele Parkins, MS, OTR/L

Starting Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Scheduled Dates: 1/11; 1/18; 1/25; 2/1

4 sessions | 1.5 hours per session

Online via Zoom


The way we move and respond to sensation impacts how we feel. Equally how we feel impacts they way we move and how we respond to sensation. This workshop will explore the connection between sensation, action and emotion offering a new lens on how we play and interact with our children. An evidence-based treatment approach will be shared to help you bring sensation and emotion together in your work with your children and families. Beginning with a quick review of sensory processing differences, we will dive deeper into the impact of these differences on the way our children feel and interact with others. Predominant emotion states and action states that trend with each sensory processing difference will be identified accompanied by new research that supports this connection. With an understanding of these connections, you will be guided to develop play scenarios that encompass both the sensory motor and social emotional needs of children impacted by each sensory processing difference to facilitate regulation, engagement and social connection.

Learning Objectives

Identify the predominant emotional states, action states and personality traits associated with each sensory processing difference (Sensory Processing Disorder subtype) and how this impacts relational health, behavior and attachment.

Develop treatment plans using intentional, specific therapeutic play themes that align with the sensory emotional experience represented by each sensory processing difference.

Discuss research connecting sensation, emotion and temperament and the use of play as a therapeutic approach.

Who should attend?

OT, SLP, Mental Health therapists, Educators, Early Childhood specialist, DIR® practitioners, parents, intermediate level.

Michele Parkins is an Occupational Therapist specializing in working with children and families with Sensory Processing and Integration Disorder and challenges in social emotional development as the Founder-Director of Great Kids Place in New Jersey. Michele is faculty of STAR Institute. She is SIPT certified. Michele has co-authored two chapters and is contributing to research articles related to sensory processing and social emotional development. Michele has Advanced Certification in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is DIR® certified and is faculty of Profectum Foundation. She is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Infant Mental Health.